Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dances of the Planets

The planets move in exquisite orbital patterns.  A Little Book of Coincidence by John Martineau illustrates these  patterns and their geometrical relationships. If one were to take the orbits of two planets and draw a line between their positions every few days interesting patterns evolve because the inner planet orbits faster than the outer planet. The positions of Earth and Venus over 8 years produce a five-petal flower with the sun at the centre (below).

Read more: Ensign Software - ESPL: Dances of the Planets
Thanks Bruce!

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